Privacy Policy

The short version in plain English

The purpose of this website is to showcase the writing and editing work of Shannon Morgan. This website utilizes the following features and third-party applications that collect data to improve the website experience and for the purpose of marketing and promotion: WordPress comments feature collects personal data (name and email); Google Analytics collects technical data (i.e. cookies) to measure website traffic; MailChimp collects name and email addresses for the sole purpose of communicating updates and marketing via email newsletter. Newsletter subscribers must double opt-in via a subscription form. Subscribers can opt out at any time by selecting “unsubscribe from this list” at the bottom of any email or by sending an email to shannon(at)shannonmorgancreative(dot)com. Data collected by this website is not and never will be sold. Data is only shared with the third parties mentioned above.

The long version

Who we are

This website belongs to Shannon Morgan. Its purpose is to showcase writing and editing work. The website address is https://www.shannonmorgancreative.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

This website collects data from users and site visitors. This includes personal data, such as name and email address; and technical data, such as information about cookies. Personal data is collected for commenting and for email marketing communications through a third party vendor, currently MailChimp. Technical data is collected by Google Analytics and is retained for 14 months for the purpose of analyzing website traffic. Personal data is not required to view this website.

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

This website does not utilize a contact form and therefore does not collect data through this means. Website visitors can contact us at the email address provided on the contact page.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to save your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

This website also uses cookies to measure and analyze the website through Google Analytics. This data is retained for 14 months.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics. If you want to opt out, you’ll need to download their web browser add-on. More information can be found here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Who we share your data with

We respect your privacy and will never sell, trade or transfer your personally identifiable information to third parties. We do, however, share personal data (name and email) and technical data with our third-party vendors as needed to deliver goods and services, send business communications and conduct business. Our third-party vendors currently include Google Analytics and MailChimp.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

We retain data from Google Analytics for 14 months. We retain data in MailChimp as long as the communication is active. Subscribers can unsubscribe at any time via the link at the end of the email communication or by emailing us.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

How we protect your data

We have appropriate security measures in place to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorized way. We limit access to your personal information to those who have a genuine business need to know it. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorized manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable authorities of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so.

Please note that any comments or information that you post on the website, including social media pages, become public and third parties may use your information. We are not responsible for any unauthorized uses by third parties in such context. You disclose such information at your own risk.

Contact information

If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, the information we hold about you, or you wish to change your personal information in our records, please contact Shannon@ShannonMorganCreative.com.

Additional information

For more legalese, you can review our privacy policy here.

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